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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
This is our Christmas and Holiday beer! A deep red/brown Abbey Ale often called the Burgundy of Belgium. Its a rich but crisp Trappist style dark ale with a flavor like no other beer. It is brewed with a special Belgian yeast that imparts fruity and almost wine-like flavors and aromas due to aromatic esters and complex alcohols that are the byproducts of fermentation. Very aromatic and slightly malty with some residual sweetness and tartness and a low hop bitterness/aroma. This is a warming high gravity beer made to be sipped and enjoyed in the colder months.

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alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2007
On tap at 5 seasons; poured a dirty brown-leather color. Lighting was not all that great to get an accurate color description. Aroma reminded me of an amped up hefe, with bubble gum and banana. Some fruitness and toffee. Flavor was much of the same with a lot of sweetness, and not a lot of tart or bitter flavors. From the other ratings, it seems that this may be better out of bottle. Based on the draft version, this was a middling version of the style.

bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle courtesy after4ever. Pours clear reddish brown with no head. Aroma of brown sugar and citrus. Medium body and fine carbonation. Sweet start on the taste of caramel and fig, leading to a dry finish.

Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Courtesy of after4ever and shared with after4ever and bitbucket. It pours a dirty brown with almost no head. The aroma is on the light side with mild caramel and some fruity esters. The fruitiness has prune, plum and fig notes. The taste starts even becoming dark fruity ester-like with caramel and some mild roasty malts. Mild tasting beer that becomes roasted into the finish.

after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2007
1L bottle, thank you, you know who you are. Medium-dark mahogany with golden brown highlights. Fairly still, with very, very minimal gray swirls of lace. Toffee, molasses, and brown bread on the nose. Very light body for a dubbel. SMooth, clean, easy drinking. Rich, roasty caramel and toffee on the mid-palate. Nice progression from malty sweet to cola-like in the flavors, all within a very pleasant and drinkable body.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 01/21/2002
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Score: iii

Dark ruby, thin tan head, sweet fruity aroma, rich malt flavor with strong essence of dates, slight hint of floral hops, dries out considerably when it warms
-------- /> Date: 01/05/2003
Score: iii

rich tart aroma with a sliqhtly alcoholic sweet fruity essence, complex malt flavor, lots of fruit character, sweet with a tart edge,
-------- /> Date: 01/04/2004
Score: iiii

still tart in the aroma, and very rich fruit essence in the flavor, resembling a burgandy, it’s all about the malt, better every year
-------- /> Date: 01/27/2005

rich sweet fruity malt aroma with only a hint of tartness, rich complex incredible malt flavor, hints of ripe fruit that surface as it warms,
-------- /> Date: 02/02/2006

malt flavor has dried out this year, still some really nice ripe fruit character,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 9/10
Score: **4

hellhammers (23) - hanover, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2007
jesus christ....... was it me or did this smell like barbe-que sauce. this is supposed to be an example of a trapest dark ale. was not sure if I was supposed to drink it or stick some meat in it. I had it on my best friends 21st b-day. She liked it but...she likes a lot of other weird things in her mouth.

redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Banana and vanilla in the aroma. Pours a light brown. Nice brown sugar, some fruit, a little spice. Maybe a little light for a dubbel, but i could have drank it all night and been very happy!

Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Pour is hazed dark brown with a dense sticky tan head...smell was yeast, licorice (anise), some cherry and raisin...taste was too much licorice...seemed very odd and out of balance...no real yeast flavor at all...not even very much sweetness...just a buttery spiciness...

awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2006
From 750mL Bottle. Deep, cloudy, mahogany brown pour with a nice creamy beige head. Estery aromas of bubblegum and soft, dark fruits. Creamy, full bodied mouthfeel with a silky smooth texture. Woody flavors of a light corona cigar and some chewy caramel. Some raisiny chocolate flavors round out the creamy finish. Very nice, tasty example of the style. Thanks, Sammy!

jrob21 (3690) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Big ups to Glen for pulling out a vintage bottle of this one for us. Very nice, very subtle flavors. Fruity and slightly sweet. Nice malts to add complexity and balance. Good job guys.

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